Pickleball Tutor Drills with Simone Jardim: How to Beat a Hard Hitter

Pickleball Tutor Drills with Simone Jardim: How to Beat a Hard Hitter

Watch this video to get a lesson from Simone Jardim on how to beat a pickleball banger. She’ll tell you what to focus on to return these, literally, hard shots. Watch Simone coach Jim Nici and Linda Hartz to return hard hitting forehands and backhands at the kitchen line.

Note, these drills require a Tutor Ball Machine. Buy your Tutor today at http://www.pickleballcentral.com/Pickleball_Tutor_BMSPBAC_p/oo-350b.htm


  1. Lost Krusader on November 8, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    I would like to see the machine moved up to the NVZ line, and have Simone show us what to do from there. One of the biggest irritations I face when I play against bangers occurs when I have a more senior partner with slower reflexes. The bangers will blast the ball from NVZ line right at their chest or head area. Normally a younger player can simply twist or duck out of the way and the ball sails out, but with slower players some sort of defense with the racquet needs to occur. What is the right action to take so that the return shot doesn’t pop up or deflect wildly out of bounds? While this video does help, it seems like the greatest struggles I deal with from bangers don’t come from baseline shots like shown here. Smashing the ball from 15′ away at your opponent’s chest is a very easy shot to do, yet a very hard one for many players to handle I’ve found.

  2. Benjamin Leavitt on November 8, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Videos like this are great for showing off that ball machine. I’d recommend adding product links in the video description to encourage potential sales. Maybe have one of those pop up links when the machine is mentioned. Creating a video about the ways you utilize the machine at the line and such will help add value and show how versatile it can be. Drilling with a partner is great, but if the machine is more consistent than a human I’d feature that as well.

  3. mrbobevans on November 8, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    In his book, Andre Agassi talked about how his dad got the ball machine to supersonic feed to a young Agassi. He came to hate the machine and called it the dragon. The two volleyers are both making a key error – they are not on the balls of their feet which is a key principle in proper hitting or volleying.